Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

Routine dental examinations help patients maintain their oral health and wellness. These examinations allow the dentist to give tips and recommendations on keeping your smile healthy, while also looking for problems that may be diagnosed and treated. One of the most critical pieces of preventative dental health care is the dental x-ray. X-rays, or radiographs, provide the dentist with information that cannot be obtained with a physical evaluation of the smile. X-rays are a powerful diagnostic tool and can help the dentist see problems that are not visible.

Why should I have dental x-rays completed at my appointments?

At Deeter Dental Group, we perform x-rays on a regular basis to monitor oral health and wellness. New x-rays are done at future visits based on specific issues. Patients with a healthier smile may have them performed less often than patients who have conditions such as periodontal disease or tooth decay. Additionally, patients who have had a history of decay, disease, or infection may also have them completed more often.

Dental x-rays are critical to assisting dentists in diagnosing issues and recommending essential treatments. Problems such as decay, infection, and poor development can be caught with these radiograph images.

Are dental x-rays safe?

While dental x-rays are known for using radiation to provide images, the area exposed is often very small and considered safe. Regardless, our dentist will apply a radiation blocking apron over the patient’s body and use special coverage when taking x-rays of the mouth and throat area. We always recommend that our pregnant patients avoid x-rays, so please notify us if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Preparing for dental x-rays

Dental x-rays do not require any preparation by the patient. Patients will expect to sit in a seat and will be advised as to how to bite or open their mouth to obtain the right images needed by the dentist.

Schedule an appointment for dental x-rays today!

At Deeter Dental Group, we are committed to helping patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. When problems arise, it may be important to have dental x-rays completed. Our associates can help. Call the Bismarck, ND location at (701) 222-1800 or the Garrison, ND location at (701) 463-2884.

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